For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Starting this Sunday, you are going to notice a theme in our worship music. The start of Advent is a time to re-kindle our hearts for the kingly office of Christ and to focus on his coming.
As we see in the Isaiah passage above, the child that is to be born will come as someone to rule over a Kingdom. His reign will include justice and righteousness and it will be done as God, a Father and a counselor with peace. This Kingdom and King will be nothing like the world has ever seen.
One thing that drew me into the Anglican church is the focus on the “church calendar” where the seasons work as a narrative in both our corporate and individual worship. Seasons like Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter help our hearts and minds focus on promises of the Gospel. Through the seasons our liturgy, Scripture readings, and worship music walk us through the beauty of God’s redemption for His people.
When you come to worship through Advent, take the time to listen and process the words we sing and say. Focus in on the theme of King Jesus and be reminded of your citizenship in the Kingdom of Christ.